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26th Legislature(2009-2010)

Bill Text 26th Legislature

00                             SENATE BILL NO. 181                                                                         
01 "An Act relating to ultrasounds and specified procedures for informed consent for an                                    
02 abortion."                                                                                                              
03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
04    * Section 1. AS 18.16.060 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:                                           
05            (e)  In addition to the information provided under (a) - (c) of this section, if an                          
06       ultrasound examination or the results of an ultrasound examination are used by a                                  
07       physician for the purpose of performing an abortion, the physician or other person                                
08       performing the ultrasound examination shall                                                                       
09                 (1)  meet image quality standards that apply to an ultrasound                                           
10       examination of an unborn child that are consistent with the standard of medical                                   
11       practice in the community;                                                                                        
12                 (2)  simultaneously display the ultrasound image to allow the pregnant                                  
13       person to see the image voluntarily in a way that does not prevent the person from                                
14       averting the person's eyes or otherwise avoiding seeing the image;                                                
01                 (3)  on request of the pregnant person undergoing the ultrasound,                                       
02       provide a medical description of the displayed ultrasound image that includes                                     
03                      (A)  the dimensions of the unborn child; and                                                       
04                      (B)  if present and viewable, the presence in the unborn child of                                  
05                           (i)  cardiac activity;                                                                        
06                           (ii)  external members; and                                                                   
07                           (iii)  internal organs.                                                                       
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